What can be achieved when you have a voice?

Nothing is more powerful than communicating face-to-face with the policy makers whose decisions directly affect your business.

From the Home Secretary and Scotland's First Minister to our regional representatives at Holyrood and Westminster, Chamber members get the chance to have their voices heard, loud and clear.

By following the weekly debates in parliament, we are also able to provide MPs and MSPs with relevant research so that the perspective of North-east business is always represented.

To see a gallery of images from political briefing events click here.

We are an arts charity but nearly 90% of our turnover is self generated income and that was just wiped out last March when we closed our doors in a year where our turnover was predicted at £13m. With no prospect of re-opening anytime soon, 2021 was looking very bleak for us and our workforce.

Scottish Government funding will go a long way towards helping us survive the pandemic while our doors are still closed. We are not out of the woods yet, but it puts us in as good a position as we could have hoped for to face the challenges of 2021.

We have campaigned hard and not alone. We are very grateful for the support we have had from friends and colleagues who have joined us to make the case for support. Huge thanks to Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce for taking up our case with the Scottish Government and making the argument so convincingly for our regional economic and cultural significance. It gave added strength and urgency to our request and it meant a lot to know that we had the resources and influence of our Chamber behind us.

Jane Spiers, Chief executive, Aberdeen Performing Arts